Can you get a colonoscopy if you have diverticulitis?

This question was asked in Peoria, Arizona on 05/30/2012.
I had acute diverticulitis attack that put me in the hospital for 5 days. The gastroenterologist says I need a colonoscopy but I heard it can be dangerous. I am not sure what to do. Thanks.

Doctors Answers (2)

David Pound, M.D.
Answered on: 6/1/2012 1

Please consult your physician about the risk associated with having a colonoscopy at this time. The level of infection can have a bearing on when the procedure is done.

Harsha Vittal, M.D.
Answered on: 5/31/2012

You do need a colonoscopy but should wait about 4-6 weeks after the acute event.